Óbidos is located on a hill and the old town is still completely encircled by a fortified wall. The place has been around for a long time, the name Óbidos is probably derived from the Latin term oppidum, which means citadel or fortified city. The area has been occupied by Romans, recent archeological excavations revealed the remains of a close by Roman settlement.
It’s mainly the Middle Ages the narrow alleys with chalk-white houses that can be tasted while strolling through the charming streets. It’s a very picturesque and atmospheric place, it is no surprise King Afonso II gave Óbidos as a wedding present to his wife, Queen Urraca. It’s is wonderful to walk around, take a peek into the numerous small shops and have a ‘ginjinha’, a shot of local cherry liquor served in a cute chocolate cup.
One of the most important sights in town is the Igreja de Santa Maria church at one of the main squares. It was build in the 12th century, but has been restored several times since then. In 1444 the 10 year old king Afonso V married his 8 year old cousin Isabel here.